Laser Fabric Engraving

Laser Processing Textiles

If you’re wondering whether a CO2 laser can laser cut, engrave, or mark different types of fabric then this article should answer that question along with providing some different options and tips to laser processing fabric or textiles.

NOTE: The words fabric (or cloth) and textile are often used interchangeably although they’re not techinally synonomous. Without getting overly technical “textile” is often expressed when referring to the fabric industry in general, but the word is actually derived from weaving or knitting cloth.

At the same time the more familiar term fabric or cloth usually refers to the appearance or quality of the finished material i.e. its texture or color. But, whether you say textile or fabric rest assured that a CO2 laser can be fine tuned to artistically create unique designs and patterns.

Can a CO2 Laser Cut and Engrave Fabric or Cloth?

Yes, quiet easily. A CO2 laser wavelength (10.6 microns) is well absorbed by most organic materials especially fabric. In fact by adjusting the laser power and speed settings you can manipulate how you want laser beam to interact with each material to achieve that unique effect you’re looking for. No doubt there is a lot of room for creativity between laser marking and completely laser cutting fabric. You can laser mark a subtle, intricate design onto a pair of denim jeans or cut various, random design details throughout. Done right it gives you the ability to enhance the finished products perceived value.

What are the Advantages of Processing Textiles with a CO2 Laser Cutter?

Compared to using tools a laser beam is almost infinitely more precise. I knifes edge can be sharp. But the a laser beam measures only 10.6 microns (a micron is one millionth of a meter). The laser can also replicate that same design more accuaretly and with greater speed.

Depending on the fabric the laser will often produce cut and seal preventing any frayed edges.

What are the Common Textile Application Examples for Laser Processing Fabric?

  • Decorating Ideas
  • Clothing Design and Patters
  • Upholstery Modifications
  • Customizing Fabric Toys
What Fabrics can a CO2 Laser Process?
  • Cotton Fabric
  • Polyester or Synthetic Fibres
  • Denim or Jeans
  • Canvas
  • Fleece
  • Felt
  • Kevlar
  • Lace
  • Leather
  • Linen
  • Nylon Fabric
  • Suede
  • Silk
  • Wool